As I get closer to being a published author, I learn a little bit more about the business and slowly all the glamour of being a published author wears off.
Don't get me wrong - I'm going to be published and I couldn't be more pleased but I didn't know what to expect when I came across an editor I felt didn't quite know where I was coming from.
I wanted my Caribbean characters to speak with authentic dialect. I went to great pains to choose dialogue that was authentic but could be understood by anyone reading the book. My editor, however, insisted that at certain points my characters speech read like mistakes on the page. I was dumbfounded. I really couldn't see it and in the end I made a couple of adjustments that watered my dialogue down. My editor insisted that I was being unreasonable and that my book was for the readers and not for me.
I would so love to open this out to other writers to see how they coped when they didn't agree with their editor. I don't have an agent so I felt well and truly up against it and a bit like a naughty child stamping her foot. That's how he made me feel. I still don't think I was wrong to insist on sticking to my guns. Especially since reading acclaimed novels like The White Woman on a Green
In literature, aren't we writers always told to keep it realistic?
So if you read my novel Holding Paradise (when it finally comes out - details to follow) I would love to hear your views. And, indeed, has this been a problem for any of you?